var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce various (audio) \

Definition of various

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1 : of an indefinite number greater than one stop at various towns
2 : individual, separate rate increases granted in the various states
3a : of differing kinds : multifarious
b : dissimilar in nature or form : unlike
4 : varicolored birds of various plumage
5 : having a number of different aspects or characteristics a various place
6 archaic : variable, inconstant

Definition of various (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one have read various of her essays

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variousness noun

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

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Adjective He has lived in places as various as New York and Beijing. for their various and bizarrely shaped plumage, males of the bird of paradise species have few rivals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During the 2019-20 school year, Manchester Valley High School will be hosting Restaurant Nights at various local establishments to benefit the classes of 2020 through 2023. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Manchester Valley High holding restaurant fundraisers; Harvest Happenings in Manchester," 16 Sep. 2019 King used various models of Gibson guitars over the years and named them each Lucille. Douglas Wood, CNN, "Google celebrates birthday of the 'King of the Blues' with an animated video Doodle," 16 Sep. 2019 The Lodge was among many bars and restaurants in Harford County hosting events during the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, and liquor inspectors had been checking in with the various establishments, according to Colburn’s report. David Anderson,, "Hickory Lodge found not guilty of liquor violations stemming from St. Patrick’s ‘baby race’," 30 Aug. 2019 This is because there is a disparity in the various forecasting computer models monitored by hurricane experts. Tonya Alanez,, "Tropical Storm Dorian: Florida is in the cone and Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch," 27 Aug. 2019 So, the short-term shopping list, for various reasons, looks like this: celery, mustard greens, dill, rhubarb, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, spinach and arugula. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time to get Southcentral Alaska produce - before the frost does," 12 Sep. 2019 The 22-year-old has stated various reasons for leaving, including unfair editing. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey and Jeremy Roloff Share a Bunch of Photos From Jacob and Isabel's Wedding," 8 Sep. 2019 Brands have responded to these issues in various ways, including by leveraging their own sales channels. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 Investigations determined a crime was not committed in 15 cases, making them unfounded, while 44 were cleared by exception, which means police have enough to make an arrest but don’t for various reasons, such as the suspect is deceased. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Baltimore Police lack necessary technology to properly track sexual assault cases, report finds," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of various


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Pronoun, plural in construction

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for various


Middle English, from Latin varius "having contrasting colors, of different kinds, changeable" (of uncertain origin) + Middle English -ous, -os -ous

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The first known use of various was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of various

used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.
: different from each other


var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce various (audio) \

Kids Definition of various

1 : of different kinds On the walls, repeated in various colors, hung several portraits of Queen Victoria …— Mary Norton, The Borrowers
2 : different one from another : unlike The projects are in various stages of completion.
3 : made up of an indefinite number greater than one Various church groups called meetings.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

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not being in agreement or harmony

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